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3 dead, 2 hurt in shooting in Switzerland

– A shooting in southern Switzerland has left three women dead and two men wounded.

The suspect, a 33-year-old unemployed man living on disability payments, fired about 20 shots Wednesday night in the village of Daillon, authorities in the Swiss canton (state) of Valais said Thursday.

He opened fire from his apartment and pursued people in the street, police said. Armed with a Swiss military rifle and a handgun, he then threatened to shoot the officers sent in to stop him, police said.

Police arrested the man, after shooting and wounding him.

Car bomb, airstrikes pound Syrian capital

Twin airstrikes by government jets on a large, rebel-held suburb of Damascus on Thursday sheared the sides off apartment towers and left residents digging through rubble for the dead and wounded.

The bombing of Douma came amid a wave of attacks on rebellious districts of the Syrian capital, part of the government’s efforts to keep rebel fighters out of President Bashar Assad’s seat of power.

Late Thursday, a car bomb exploded at a gas station inside the city itself, killing at least nine people, activists said.

Rebels in Myanmar say air raids don’t evict them

Kachin ethnic rebels in northern Myanmar said Thursday that military air attacks against them are continuing, but that the guerrillas still hold key positions protecting their main base.

Kachin Independence Army spokesman La Nan acknowledged that one of the guerrillas’ hilltop posts had fallen, as reported by the government. But he said other posts remain in rebel hands to safeguard their main base at Laiza.

Over 100 dead in India from record cold temps

More than 100 people have died of exposure as northern India deals with historically cold temperatures.

Police spokesman Surendra Srivastava said Thursday that at least 114 people have died from the recent cold in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Many were poor people whose bodies were found on sidewalks or in parks.

The weather department said temperatures were 7 to 18 degrees below normal in the state.

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